Motorcycle Rally Brings Traffic to Arkansas

This week marks the return of the Bikes, Blues and BBQ motorcycle rally to Northwest Arkansas for the 18th time. If you are anywhere on the highways of the state  during this week, you are very likely to notice an influx of motorcycle, trailer and motor home traffic headed north for the event. The rally is expected to bring in around 400,000 people to the area, with attendees traveling from every state in the U.S. to participate.  The rally has grown so much over the years that satellite events have spread out into other cities surrounding Fayetteville, and visitors tend to fill up hotels and campgrounds nearby.



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Leah & the Mojo Doctors perform at a previous Bikes, Blues & BBQ event. Photo by Clayton Taylor Photography, used with permission.

The event has a four-day lineup that includes lots of live music, a car show, and of course, a BBQ cook-off. One of the most popular events on the schedule is the Parade of Power that happens on Saturday afternoon. Motorcycles will travel from the Washington County Fairgrounds to Dickson Street in Fayetteville, while spectators line the streets in awe of the showmanship.

If you find yourself looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful fall weekend in Arkansas, visit downtown Fayetteville’s Dickson Street to witness one of the state’s biggest events. You can stroll the street to find a wide variety of merchandise vendors and concessionaires to meet every taste and budget. There are even plenty of volunteer opportunities available during the rally, which you can find by clicking here. Over the past 17 years, Bikes, Blues and BBQ has donated $1.5 million to local charities, and many of those need volunteers to help out during the weekend with parking, selling concessions and other duties.

Bikes, Blues and BBQ runs September 20-23, 2017. Find a schedule of events and entertainment here.